June 14, 2008

The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio, Jewell Cardwell Column

By Jewell Cardwell, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio

Jun. 14--Akron's Furnace Street Mission, which has been an anchor to so many, including Akron police officers, in difficult times, can use our collective help.

Both muscle and money.

"After 46 years in the ministry and 38 years as an Akron police reserve officer with over 800 hours of volunteer services in 2007, the Rev. Bob Denton is calling on the same public he's served to assist in his time of need," Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards wrote, sounding the plea.

The mission, at 150 Furnace St., is in urgent need of volunteers.

A project to demolish and remodel the mission's basement is getting under way today. But much more manpower is needed to get the job done.

According to Edwards, the renovated basement "will provide critical-care counseling, personal and family counseling to the public, Akron police officers and Summit County sheriff's personnel in a safe neutral zone."

In other words, some much-needed chaplaincy space.

"If you're interested in 'Teaming Up' with Rev. Denton as he continues to serve the public, report for duty," Edwards urged.

Anytime this morning will be just fine. But the work will continue into next week.

"Support may also be made in the form of a donation of building supplies, furniture, money or just by supplying your services in the remodeling trade," Edwards said.

For information, please call 330-376-0040 or e-mail [email protected]

Making lemonade

Major bouquets to Maureen and Rick Huscroft of Kent, their four children and the 14 satellite Alex's Lemonade Stands that fell under their recent, daylong fund-raising umbrella.

The Huscrofts -- among 12 other families and businesses across the nation -- were tapped by Country Time Lemonade as official hosts of Alex Lemonade Grand Stands.

Drumroll, please. The Huscrofts and Friends -- through their great pouring efforts -- raised $21,088 for pediatric cancer research in memory of 8-year-old Alexandra "Alex" Scott, who didn't make it to the finish line. But she worked hard through her lemonade stands to try to help others in the same battle.

Congratulations and big

hugs to the amazing Huscrofts, who started early teaching their children the importance of giving back.

Raise a glass

Beautiful blossoms also to Kim and Dan Dobben of Barberton and their family for their support of Alex's Lemonade Stand.

The Dobbens held their stand May 31 in their front yard. "In four hours we raised $700 with more donations coming in the mail today," Kim wrote.

"Our kids participate in ALSF, along with many others across the state who are enrolled in Ohio Virtual Academy."

The Dobbens' five children are all adopted.

"At one point we had about 40 people on the front lawn, some of which included residents from Alterra, an assisted-living facility for the elderly just down the street," Kim wrote.

"As a family, we feel it is important to give back to the community even if it's just helping an elderly neighbor. The kids really have a heart for those in need and enjoy helping. In the past they have raised money for a student with leukemia and held a fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina victims. We spent a week in Pass Christian, Miss., six months after the storm and helped families clean up and begin to rebuild their homes. The money was used to help families buy household necessities, including a washer and dryer."

Memorial golf outing

"My dad was a great man who was loved by so many!" Tara Colopy said of her father, Bob King, who died Oct. 13, seven weeks after being diagnosed with a disease called amyloidosis.

"It is so unfortunate that his life was cut so short by this terrible disease. The only thing that makes sense out of this tragedy is to help others who are affected by amyloidosis."

And that's exactly what Tara and others are doing by organizing the Bob King Memorial Golf Outing at 9 a.m. Friday, June 27, at Raccoon Hill Golf Club in Kent.

All money will be donated to the Mayo Clinic for Amyloidosis Research and Awareness. "We have already surpassed our original goal of raising $10,000, " Tara noted.

"And we have over 120 committed golfers and many more guests coming for the dinner portion of the event."

For information, please visit www.bobkingmemorial.com.

Amyloidosis is a progressive, incurable metabolic disease caused by abnormal protein deposits in one or more organs.

Food drive at Chick-fil-A

The Chick-fil-A restaurant at 420 Howe Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, will pass out a coupon for free chicken sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in exchange for a donation of two cans of fruit or vegetables.

All canned goods will be donated to Haven of Rest to help feed the homeless this summer. For information, please call Mike Solosky at Haven of Rest at 330-535-1563.

Poker run

Richfield Firefighters Local 4410 will host its third annual benefit Poker Run and Pig Roast on Saturday, July 26, with proceeds going to the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children (ACBC).

ACBC sponsors camps for child burn survivors and various retreats for adult burn survivors, most of whom have been patients at the Regional Burn Center at Akron Children's Hospital, which serves 17 counties in Northeast Ohio.

First cars and bikes leave at 10 a.m. from Amvets, 3944 Wheatley Road and Interstate 77 in Richfield. The $15 cost includes the ride and a biscuits-and-gravy breakfast. Refreshments will be provided at every stop. A pig roast gets under way at 4 p.m. with live entertainment.

For information, please call 330-659-9400.

Resale boutique moves

Summit County Discovery Shop, an upscale resale boutique that benefits the American Cancer Society, has moved to 1690 W. Market St. (Westgate Plaza, Wallhaven), Akron.

For information, please call 330-867-5043.

Silver, gold for fund

Boni Wish, former president/owner of Lakeshore Jewelers and Wishes Jewelry & Gift Boutique, is hosting a one-night-only sterling silver jewelry and gold melt "Wish Party" fund-raiser, from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 26, in the party room of Westwood Village, 175 Court Drive, Fairlawn.

A percentage of the proceeds and gold melt value will be donated to the Dolores Sawan Ovarian Cancer Fund in honor of Wish's sister, Rena Wish Cohen, who is an ovarian cancer survivor.

Wish also will buy damaged, dated or unworn gold jewelry for gold melt.

For information, please call 330-666-5902. Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or [email protected]


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